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May 27, 2017 05:54 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Gideon (agreed that it's probably going to be too popular to use by the time I'm ready to have kids), Ford (I think it's an interesting name. I don't usually go for stuff like Ford but I rather like it.), Brooks (I like it, but I worry it's too similar to the girl's Brooke. It seems like a more classic form of the trending River.)

Like: Henry (so bland. Like William it's just really drab. Even something like John could be spruced up to something more spunky like Johnny or J.(middle Inital) like J.P. or J.B., but with Henry you have Hank which is just as blah and Harry which I loathe. It's hard to be interesting with a name like Henry.),  Lucas (I like Luke better, and I wouldn't use it now because it's insanely popular, and the fact that it rhymes with mucas is a turn off (major playground teasing potential there), but it's nice.), Leonardo (Like Tony, another name I would imagine would probably be somewhat teaseproof so long as they keep rebooting TMNT - kids still think those guys are awesome right? Turtles aside, I like the DaVinci association.)

Lose: Evan and Wren (time to sub), Keenan (Not terrible, but I'm just not fond of this spelling. I like Kenan better.),

New List: Gideon, Ford, Brooks, Henry, Lucas, Leonardo, Stewart, Kristoff, Urban

May 27, 2017 05:52 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Edith (I was surprised to see how high this was on the popularity charts (mid 500's and trending up) - I thought that this beautiful name was stuck in the same hellhole as Bertha or Gertie. Good to see it doing so well. I like how it has the trendy long E at the beginning but has some strong consonants that keep it from sounding too modern. It seems like a name cousin to Evelyn, so I imagine this one will rise a little more.), Tallulah (It's got a lot of spunk I really adore. I like how you can get Tali and Lula out of it as nicknames.), Eileen (Something of a guilty pleasure name. I usually don't like names with more vowels in it than consonants, but Eileen is pretty. Surprised this isn't a bit more popular since so many similar sounding names are big, I'm surprised this doesn't appeal to people who like names like Isla, Ava, or Eden but want something a little more classic.)

Like: Joanna (If you're thinking of the song from Sweeney Todd you're not alone. I like Joan a lot better, but Joanna's cute.), Antonia (it's borderline on the gauche Latin like Aurelia or Flavia. I know it's the feminine of Anthony, but it still comes off a little gauche to me. And to me, it comes off as very fussy,), Roselyn (I usually hate names with -lyn tacked on, but Roselyn has a nice flow to it. It's sweet, modern sounding but not too modern. It helps that similar sounding names have existed for a very long time now (like Rosalyn Carter and Rosaline from Romeo and Juliet.))

Lose: Farah and Callista (time to sub), Verona (eh. I like the Shakespeare connection but I like Veronica better.)

New List: Edith, Tallulah, Eileen, Joanna, Antonia, Roselyn, Colbie, Phillippa, Patsy

May 16, 2017 07:46 AM

Say: How energetic! Little Cleopatra!

Think: Does anyone remember the show H2O: Just Add Water? Cleo was one of the mermaid in that. That show was the best. I wonder if the parents were fans? I like Cleo. It's way out of my usual style but I really like it (probably because of that show.)

New Name: Alysha (g)

May 14, 2017 01:35 PM
In Response to Alexa?

Then again, Alexa was a pretty big riser last year, so spikes usually follow that anyway. It went from about 70 to 35 and then back to 70 - a big jump like that is hard to maintain.

Why Alexis hadn't had a big fall earlier I don't know, because that's rather dated - really '80's & '90's names like Courtney, Britney, and Jenna have already taken massive plunges already (Taylor and Madison are next). I'm thinking that all of the Alex based names, especially for girls, are starting to go out of style - after all, they've been in for a good 30 years - it's kind of natural. I wouldn't say they're names to avoid though. They're all still fine names. There's a lot of perfectly fine names that aren't popular.

May 12, 2017 07:56 AM
In Response to Alexa?

The other thing to keep in mind is Alexa is technology and that doesn't last forever - in five years, Amazon might not be selling the Alexa anymore. Techy stuff like that gets updated a lot and redone/revamped/rebranded often.

May 9, 2017 01:56 PM

I still think Betty stands out like a sore thumb among the hardcore nature names like Briar, Lavender and Maple. Is there a nature name that could shorten to Betty?

Unrelated side note: I write historical fiction in my spare time so things like Mabel and Betty really bug me.

May 7, 2017 08:39 PM

Keep: Mary Odette

Switch: Lara Felicity

Change First: Tiffany Rosalind

Change Middle: Ramona Desiree

Initials: Patricia Haven

May 6, 2017 07:17 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Callista, Allison, Jem (Agreed it's a little dated (having trouble shaking Jem & the Holograms off the name, but that's not a terrible association), but I like it way more than the stuck-up posh British Gemma)

Like: Antonia (I like Antoinette better, and I hear this is about to get really big, so I wouldn't use it myself.) Farah, Teigen (It's got spunk, and seems boyish without being an actual boys name.)

Lose: Delphine (I just think this sounds so clunky compared to the beautiful Daphne), Madigan (has all the troublesome qualities of Madison and amps them up to eleven. Way too masculine. It kind of sounds like naming a girl Sullivan or something like that. I also loathe that it sounds like cardigan), Elina (Elena is one of my all time least favorite names because I knew this really awful woman named Elena once and now I just want to punch everyone with that name.)

New List: Callista, Allison, Jem, Antonia, Farah, Tiegen, Joanna, Roselyn, Verona

May 6, 2017 07:04 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Wren, Evan, Lucas, Thomas, Barry, Kurt, Gideon, Nolan, Tanner

Love: Evan, Gideon (I really like it - it's an Old Testement name but it doesn't sound stuffy or too 19th Century.), Wren

Like: Tanner (I like it, but I can't shake self-tanner from the name.), Kurt (can't shake Kurt Cobain, I'm not a big fan of Nirvana but I imagine that's a plus to a lot of people.), Lucas

Lose: Thomas and Barry (time to sub), Nolan (I hate this name so much. The fact that I don't much care for Christopher Nolan's movies is probably a part of it, but it looks way to much like "No land". It's so ugly. I just don't think it has any place as a first name.)

New List: Evan, Gideon, Wren, Tanner, Kurt, Lucas, Henry, Geoffrey, Leonardo

May 6, 2017 06:44 PM

Keep: Stephanie Rosalind

Switch: Mary Serena

Change First: Penelope Hollis

Change Middle: Roxanna Georgette

Initials: Lara Felicity

May 5, 2017 10:45 AM

I like Mable and Betty, but they don't feel exactly right. Betty is more of a '20's, '30's, and '40's name while Mabel/Mable reads about a generation older, 1890's-1900's. Mable and Betty don't sound so much like sisters' names so much as a mother and daughter respectively.

I'm not a big fan of Verity, but I think the nickname Vera would be really darling (Vera comes from the same root.)

May 4, 2017 06:03 PM

That's why I was thinking the more hippie-ish name in the middle spot, if the kid doesn't appreciate the hippie-ish quality, they don't have to advertise it, but if they embrace it they can.


I also must warn against using a Japanese name if you're not of Japanese ancestry - there's people who pretty much call that a hate crime out there.

May 4, 2017 05:43 PM
In Response to Baby Girl in a month!!

My brain doesn't read Gracyn as Grayson, I read it as Grack-in. If you insist, spell it Grayson, but might I interest you in Gracie instead? It has the same sounds but it's less likely to get mistaken for a boy's name (in fact it's not even an issue) and it feels less trendy.

Madison is at the end of its popularity life, so I worry that your daughter will always get mistaken for being older than she is, which most women won't appreciate after a certain age! Kendall's okay, but I must say I for one like it better on a boy because of the Ken and Kenny nicknames. That said, there is the distinctly feminine Kendra.

I like Abbey the best out of your options, but not that spelling. Abbey and Brady make a nice sibset, matchy but not too matchy. That said I'm turned off from that spelling because an abbey is a residence of monks and nuns. I'd go with Abby or Abbie, whether or not they're short for Abigail.

May 4, 2017 05:24 PM

My issue with Lavender Mirth is that it sounds like the name of a perfume. I have a lot of scents with similar styled names (Stuff like Vanilla Dream or Cherry Blossom Petal). I wouldn't say it would be a stre-t-ch for there to be a Lavender Mirth perfume somewhere. (I also hate to admit it, but Lavender Mirth sounds a little like a stripper's name).

I worry also that too many nature names comes off as very hippieish, very flower child. Briar Oak and Lavender Mirth as a sib set seem very hippie. Plus, while I love Betty, I think it would stand out in a sibset of Briar, Betty and Lavender.

I'd say moving Lavender to the middle spot would be the way to go. Something like Dorothy Lavender or Irene Lavender or Sally Lavender would work better with Betty Nightingale.

May 2, 2017 08:38 AM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Callista, Delphine, Sophia, Farah, Ines, Allison, Ismay, Noor, Catalina

Love: Callista (I think Callie is cute but my mother would rip me to shreds for even naming a dog Callie, she has some venetta against Callie. Callista is really pretty though.), Allison, Catalina (I little too fluffy for me, but I could see this being cute for someone else.)

Like: Sophia, Farah, Delphine (I like Daphne way better.)

Lose: Ismay and Noor (I feel bad for dropping these, because these sound like ethnic names. I've been trying to avoid adding ethnic names myself because I'm worried it'll come off as distasteful. These names are just not in the wheelhouse of names I even could use though.) Ines (time to sub.)

New: Callista, Allison, Catalina, Sophia, Farah, Delphine, Teigen, Jem, Kirby

May 1, 2017 07:48 AM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Sophia (Agreed that I like it but it's too popular), Farah (I definitely like the Farrah spelling a lot better, but it's cute.), Allison (also not my favorite spelling, I perfer Alison, but it's lovely.)

Like: Ines (liking it less since I found out it was Blake Lively's daughter's name), Lainey (cute, I like it but I don't know how well it will age.), Georgia

Lose: Jordan (The more I think about this, I really don't care for it at all on a girl. It kind of says to me "we didn't want a girl, so we don't want to give her a girly name, but she's still just a girl so we can't give her a really manly name." I think it's quite charming on boys though. Plus I really don't like the Great Gatsby.), Mirabel (Maybe I'd like it better with the -belle ending instead, because it looks kind of incomplete.), Thora (I feel like I've mentioned it before somewhere, but it sounds too much like thorn.)

New List: Sophia, Farah, Allison, Ines, Lainey, Georgia, Callista, Mariposa, Delphine

April 30, 2017 04:38 PM

Keep: Roxanna Blanche

Switch: Imogen Helena

Change First: Ursula Mary

Change Middle: Lucinda Beverly

Initials: Rosalind Stephanie

April 30, 2017 03:06 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Off Topic: I thought the faun in LW&W was Mr. Tumnus.

Love: Indigo (I usually don't like names that end in O, but Indigo has spunk. I appreciate that it's a color name for boys, who are otherwise only stuck with Gray. Loathe loathe loathe it on a girl though. Girls shouldn't have names as colors so dark as indigo.), Wren (another one I think is horrendous on a girl but quite charming on a boy. I wish there were more nature names for boys.) Evan

Like: Claude, Thomas, Barry

Lose: Schuyler (I can't stop thinking it's Shoo-ler or Shoyler. I don't usually recommend the more feminine spelling when it comes to boy's names, but go with Skyler/Skylar.), Alaric (G-A-U-C-H-E. Trying too hard to sound fancy. It comes off as someone who's not smart trying to pretend they're smart.), Viggo (Has that gauche aspect of being tied to a celebrity.)

New List: Indigo, Wren, Evan, Claude, Thomas, Barry, Lucas, Kurt, Rutherford

April 30, 2017 12:52 PM

Say: What an elegant and fashionable name!

Think: it's pretty, but I'm worried it's going to get really overused before too long. It's kind of like Stella and Eloise, everyone thought it was a unique name that then everyone chooses at the same time and all of a sudden it's a really popular name that defeats the point of being unique name.


Next Name: Journey (g)

April 28, 2017 09:58 AM

Emma Jane doesn't read Southern to me - in fact, it reads incredibly generic and bland. Emma's been so oppresively popular all across the country for a long time now that it doesn't read Southern cute at all anymore. Emma Jane in particular reads rather white bread. Anna Claire isn't quite as bland but it also doesn't ring very Southern. I like Claire quite a lot but it feels more of a Midwestern name than a Southern one. Anna and Claire both feel very generic girl-next-door names.

Second that Mary Margaret reads very Catholic, but it's definitely darling. I've found that a lot of Mary Longer Middle combos read Catholic (Mary Katherine, Mary Elizabeth, Mary Virginia), while most of the Mary Shorter Middle combos read more mid-century (Mary Lou, Mary Lee, Mary Jane). They're both cute styles, it just depends on your style. Can I interest you in Mary Louise? Mary Louise reads Southern to me and has the retro-cute nickname of Mary Lou. Mary Josephine is another cute combo like it (long pretty formal with retro-cute nickname in Mary Jo)

Also second that Jane Anne feels rather choppy. Clara Grace feels Southern Cute now, but with Clara on the rise right now I worry it'll sound as generic as Emma in 10 years or so. I'd say of your choices Sarah Katherine is your best bet. I think Sally Kate is adorable.

Other name parts that read very Southern Cute to me: (1st part) Jenny/Jennie, Laura/Laurie, Annie, Cassandra/Cassie, Carly, Penny, Sandra (Sandy), Sadie, Dottie, Tonya/Tanya ,(2nd part) Lee/Leigh, Louise/Lou, Josephine/Jo, Rae, Beth